Prakash Rai was born in Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu. Now he has shifted his base to Chennaidue to numerous offers from Telugu and Tamil films. He was persuaded tochange his last name from Rai to Raj by veteran South-Indian director Kailasam Balachander.
Prakash Rai studied in St.Joseph's High School in Bangalore. He wonthe President's Scout award in 1982. At school he was well known forhis talents which brought him and the schools numerous honours, he wasalso an....